Harold R. Jones joined in the United States Navy (Signalman’s Corps) in 1944. He served on the tugboat, the Sombrero Key, with the Merchant Marine until he was discharged in 1946. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on March 29, 2006, as part of the Lawrence Remembers: The World War II Years Project, Jones talked about his experiences during the Second World War. Jones was born on June 14, 1926, in Oxford, Kansas. He graduated high school in 1944. After joining the Navy, he went to basic training at Camp Wallace, Texas, and then went to signalman’s school in Bainbridge, Maryland. Jones spent most of his service in the Pacific (China and Japan). After the war, he went to Oklahoma A & M (Oklahoma State University). He then worked as a teacher and later as a principal. Jones passed away on October 29, 2010.
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